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The Motherisk Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy (NVP) Forum

Motherisk receives questions from around the world about morning sickness symptoms, effects, treatments and ways to cope. Those questions and answers are posted here for anyone to read, provided the reader acknowledges and accepts the proviso and disclaimer below.

Pre-emptive treatment of severe NVP

NVP Counselor
Date: 2005-09-16

Question:
I have had two pregnancies previously. My first was normal, full term and my second was identical twins. During both pregnancies I suffered from severe nausea to the point of not even being able to get out of bed. I had no vomitting to speak of (a few dry heaves). I was on a fairly high dose of diclectyn both times (8 tabs per day) and also used some gravol intermittently but really did not find much relief. It has been 3 years since then and I am wondering if any new treatments have come about during this time. We would like to have one more child, but I am fearful of going through morning sickness again- any suggestions or advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Answer:
Many women who experienced severe NVP in previous pregnancies have contacted us with similar questions over the years. In the Aug. 2004 Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, we published our study, "Pre-emptive therapy for severe nausea nad vomiting of pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum", which showed that early and optimal treatment does make a diffence, even though the safe medications available are still the same.

We are starting a new study on preventing NVP/HG and would suggest that you contact our NVP Helpline for more detailed information. Please call 1-800-436-8477.

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